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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Feel Like A Scientist At National Planetarium, Kuala Lumpur

Well, as I mentioned in my two previous posts, I would have not visited interesting places in KL, if it wasn't due to my nieces and nephews. This time around, I brought them to National Planetarium.
The blue dome stands handsomely next to the tower, with huge stairs welcoming the visitors. It is located on top of a hill of Lake Gardens, about 120,000 square feet in area. Around the area, they built a replica of Stonehenge, Jantar Mantar, and "Balai Cerap", where these places were part of astronomical observatory mediums during past. The tower is also a place for star-gazing where "ahli falak" do their work, to decide on Puasa and Hari Raya date.
Coincidentally, there was an eclipse watching event happening during the night but we didn't wait since my sister needed to rush back to hometown. The fun begins with 3D movie "Fly Me To The Moon" that was 100% suitable for kids. It was a fun journey of 3 cute flies to the moon where all viewers are laid on super comfy seats, with 3D spectacles, enjoying the movie right on the dome ceiling.
In the main hall, there were lots of exhibition of space-science related. Documentaries being aired, together with informative facts on space, astronauts, rockets, stars, universe, and what not. Gravity room is also one of the must entered room, if and only if, you are not dizzy with the ultra-violet lamp and motion sickness.

For more info, you may visit their website at http://www.angkasa.gov.my/planetarium/

Open: 10am - 4pm daily except Fridays
Space Shows: 11am, 2pm, 4pm. Fee: Adults: RM3, Child: RM2
Space Movie: RM6 (Adults), RM4 (Children) 

For me, it is a must place to visit, for your kids can have an idea on how the space look like, and they get to learn all the space-science related matters. Who knows, Malaysia can have another astronaut in the near future :)

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